Newburgh church helps 80 children with backpacks for school

Newburgh backpacksWe were able to help 80 children with school backpacks. These children were able to start school in a positive way and we will continue to support the needs of our community through our clothes closet and food pantry. Thank you for supporting our backpack ministry for the children in our community. – Carol Spalding, Newburgh UMC

Serving on the Streets outreach to children in Clay County, Indiana

Serving on the Streets outreachThank you for blessing the Serving on the Streets ministry with the Bishop’s Christmas Offering. SOS was able to use this money in different avenues to bless the children. One avenue went for sponsoring teens for summer camp, which focused on creating a stronger personal relationship with our Lord. The camp was filled with memory verses, skits, songs, games and lessons. – The SOS Staff of Clay County

Indiana Black Expo, Evansville Chapter Back to School Rally

Indiana Black ExpoYour gift helped support the Indiana Black Expo Evansville Chapter program called Back to School Rally. At the rally, we give youth free school supplies and tennis shoes. We also prepare lunch for the youth and their parents. This year we served more than 650 youth and parents at St. John UMC Back to School Rally. – The Rev. William “Billy D” Garrett, pastor

Brightwood Community Center in Indianapolis

Brightwood Community Center

I thank you and your team for approving the funds necessary to build the news playground at Brightwood Community Center. The playground has been a real blessing to the children and families of the community center. We look forward to more chidren being able to use the structure as we prepare for the school year. – Khala Granville, executive director

Summer Enrichment Program at Gobin Memorial UMC in Greencastle

The program has been shown to improved peer-to-peer interaction and conflict resolution. The mentors discuss a series of 29 topics with their mentees such as self-discipline, positive attitude, fools and foolish behavior and controlling anger. School counselors select students they think would derive the greatest benefit from mentoring. – Gayle Hansen, executive director

Child and Parent Services of Elkhart, Baby Think It Over program

On behalf of Child and Parent Services (CAPS), I thank you for your generous donation of $2,000 to our Parenting Department. This money is used to support our Baby Think It Over infant simulator program at local middle schools. The goal of this program is to help student’s understand how difficult it is to be a parent, thus choosing to wait to parent until they have all the supports in place needed to do so without abusing or neglecting their children. During the spring and fall of 2011, 909 middle school students participated in this program. – Emily Herriott, Parenting! Director

Haitian Artisans for Peace International

Thank you again from Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) staff for the $1,500 gift from the Bishop’s Christmas Offering to HAPI Peace Pals. The gift was shared to Peace Pals across three areas: 1. A summer field trip for older Peace Pals, 2. Day of the Child celebration (this is coming in late November) and 3. Regular program expenses such as Saturday snacks. Last year, I took 16 girls; only four had been to the ocean and two of the four were the director’s children. – Valerie Mossman-Celestin, U.S. Executive Director, HAPI